10 Vintage Pieces Making a Comeback This Year
With an influx of new, experimental designs creeping its way to our wardrobe and tempting us to follow the mainstream, sticking to vintage to discover other pieces we may have overlooked may seem scary and, frankly, a little belated. But no matter what they say, vintage fashion is alive and breathing, and they still have more than a few tricks left up their sleeve.
- Heads or Tails
Head pieces have always been a vital part of vintage fashion. Whether you were sporting a retro coronet in the 1920s together with your shimmering flapper dress, or swaying to the beat of the latest jukebox jam in a retro headband back in the '50s, if you wanted to portray unique and individual style, you couldn't leave accessorizing your mane out of the picture. Loved for their functionality and ability to add pizazz to one's outfit, headscarfs/wraps/bands will ensure that every passerby will be gawking at you from head to toe.
- The Wild, Wild Vest
You don't have to be a cowgirl to ride on this trend, because thanks to it's popularization in the early '80s, the southwestern vest is no longer a piece solely reserved for the rodeo. A few years back, people hesitated to pick up a pair of these babies in fear of looking like a lost costume party-goer, but with boho chic and Coachella style quickly becoming one of the most prominent trends in fashion right now, there's no surprise why this piece is easily finding its way to our "Wanted" list.
- Tourist Trends
Gone are the days when the only thing you could get out of a frequented tourist attraction was an "I <3" t-shirt and a promotional bumper sticker that bragged of a life-changing experience that was probably a little too exaggerated to be considered fair advertising. Because now that their rebirth has turned them from "tacky" to "trendy," souvenir jackets have become more of a reason to embark on a daunting 8 hour trip, than to get to the destination itself.
The 1920s was the era best known for its grandeur and flamboyance. Anything too vibrant or too dull was traded be in for subtle base tones but eye-catching detailing and embroidery. "Luxury" was the main trend and anyone who was anyone back then lived to follow it. So if you weren't taking advantage of the swing era's jazzy tunes and dance crazes, you were probably turning heads while sashaying down a grand staircase clad in only the finest silk numbers. We may no longer embody such a level of splendor everyday, but that isn't stopping modern designers and style moguls from dressing like we do.
- Secret Love A-flare
When crop tops and halters first began their steady flow back into the industry in early 2013, stylists and designers knew that sooner or later, their bottom counterparts would find their way into the modern day, too. And without a doubt, more than a decade after its initial fame, flare jeans are back and they don't plan on leaving anytime soon. With their bell-bottom legs effortlessly giving any outfit the groovy and dramatic spice it needs, as soon as everyone starts rocking this classic trend, our streets will be professional catwalks in no time.
- Stewards of Style
If you thought the ascot tie was an accessory only sophisticated flight attendants could sport, think again. Back then, this piece was the perfect compromise for ladies who wanted to keep their necks warm during windy seasons but didn't want to risk ruining their outfit with a bulky scarf. And now that summer has fallen upon us, it's just as suitable today as it was all those years ago. So what are you waiting for? Fasten your seatbelt and keep all hesitation beneath you because in a world where fashion requires the will to stand out, you may experience some turbulence but worry not fashionger, it'll all be worth it in the end.
- Addict for Acrylic
Now what's a year of vintage comebacks without the revival of some iconic eyewear? If it wasn't a '90s model donning a pair as part of her off-duty look, it was probably Twiggy, one of the most famous stars of her era, who popularized the acrylic sunglasses celebrities and public figures are starting to wear today. The clean and minimalistic style of these sunnies make them a versatile part of any kind of outfit. Because of them, even girls with 20/20 vision will be begging for a glasses prescription just so they have an excuse to have them on everywhere they go.
- Go-go Glamour
Sorry sneakerheads, but your time is up. The fad was fun while it lasted, but all good things must come to an end for better things to arrive. And by "better things," we mean the kind that's 3 inches and thigh-high. Go-go boots used to be a thing of the past, but even after the disco balls have been packed away, the shoes people used to wear as they danced to their multi-colored lights have strutted out of their storage and don't plan on stopping. Pair with an oversized sweater or a mini dress, and you've got yourself the perfect vintage vixen look.
- Distressed but Well-Dressed
Ever since grunge came back into the picture, ripped jeans and torn denim have been reigning the racks, and for good reason, too. But if you thought exposed knees and peeks of leg was as far as distressed pants could get, you'll be in a for shock. Distressed hems haven't quite found their way to stores yet, but I can assure you that with designers milking the constant revival of vintage, they will be soon. With the fact fringed bottoms add another layer of edge to either a perfectly constructed pair or an already stylishly ruined one, how can anyone say no to that?
- Pretty in Print
And just when you thought your jeans couldn't get anymore creative, patterned/printed pants have come back to town and they want to reserve a room in your closet. When people began to trade in fun designs for minimalist schemes, we thought our favorite playful pairs would never see the light of day again. But if there's anything I hope you can learn from this article, it's that you should never underestimate the power of a classic piece. So raid your attic and bust out your mom's old polka dot bottoms, because print is in and you gotta embrace it's revival and let it out.
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Before, sliding over the rainbows
Now, our hearts are bruised
Days once full of love and laughter
Became dawns of forfeited ever after
Smiles that bring ticklish sensations
Turned to cold question and answer
Figuring who would be the next instructor
The queen’s awake
Grappling to the happiness that the sorrow and sadness take
Going back to all the promises he couldn’t make
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When you talk, your voice brightens my days. You provide me comfort in all the little things that you do. Your deep and mellow voice sends a tingling feeling inside me that makes me want to keep you in my life. I love talking to you every time, every day, every night and every minute if I could. You're someone just simply amazing.
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Today, I am sharing my mother's story. I wish my mother was a constant in my life, like an angel who guards you to sleep and comes right there when you called. But angels come back home too, in heaven where they always belonged, and my mother went back a little early. My mother died when I was 13 years old. My last memory of my mother: Letting go when you are not yet ready is a very cruel thing that one has to ever experience. It is a sudden wave of total sadness and desperation crashing into your very core.
On the 28th of July 2013, we went to a resort in Bataan for the employees’ getaway. My parents own a 7-11 franchise, and it had always been a tradition to give their store clerks a get-together every year. I remember very well the last breakfast I had with my mother. The Sunday morning sky was clear and sunny, and the sea was calm and tranquil as we ate our breakfast on a cottage under the tall palm trees. She shared with us a strange dream she had the other night. She dreamt about an unknown woman holding an ice pick chasing her down on a dimly lit street, then she woke up just before the woman could grab her arm. We never knew what that dream exactly meant and now, I wished I never knew its meaning. After breakfast, my family and our employees decided to take a swim at the beach. The day was nice. The morning air may be chilly but the sun’s kiss on our skins gave us warmth. It was perfect. Everything is fine and the tides are low which made it very enjoyable to swim. We swam a little farther from the shore and we stopped to the point where the water reached our shoulders. We were talking about the good things in life and reminiscing the good old days. Those are the things that I’ve always loved about my family because I never had a meaningless conversation with them.
A few moments later, we heard a panicking call for help from one of our store clerks. It was Rachel. She was struggling to keep her head above water. She was already drowning but the odd thing was, she was only a few feet away from us. At first, we thought she was just playing around until we felt the sand in our toes dissolving like powder. It felt like as if the seafloor submerged deeper. I remembered sighting the shore and it seemed so close yet very far away. We were all panicking at that time. No one knew how to swim except my mother so without having second thoughts she swam towards Rachel and called out to my father, “Yung mga anak mo! Dalhin mo sa pampang yung mga anak mo!” and I never thought I already heard my mother’s last words to my father. I was paddling like a dog, gasping for air, as I say a little prayer to God to take us all back to safety. I felt my father grabbing our swimsuits, trying to lift our bodies so we can breathe even though he was also struggling to keep himself alive. Once I felt my toes touch the ground, there came a veil of relief that covered my whole body. As soon as my father and my sister made it to the shore we started calling out for help. There were no lifeguards on duty at that time, no personnel, nor guards. I saw my mother already floating in her stomach. We sighted a boat sailing nearby, we waved our hands and called for their attention. They almost ignored us because they cannot comprehend what we were trying to relay but the good thing was a passenger in the boat noticed my mother and Rachel in the water.
My mother’s body was laid on the shore. She was unconscious and her whole body was pale as white. My father performed CPR but my mother couldn’t get the water come out of her mouth because the food she ate earlier got stuck in her throat and blocked the passage. A concerned tourist offered his car to deliver my mom in a nearby health center or a clinic of some sort since the hospital was miles away from the beach and she needs immediate care. My father told us to stay in the hotel room and prepare mom’s belongings so that if she wakes up she has fresh clothes to change into. My sister and I finished packing our things and waited for our father to pick us up from the hotel. I was crying and I couldn’t stop myself because I was afraid to lose my mother. I couldn’t imagine what my life would be if I lose her that day. Moments lasted until we heard a knock on the door and it was my father, crying, and apologizing to us. He hugged me and my sister tightly and saying, “Sorry, anak, sorry hindi na uuwi si mommy, sorry hindi ko nasagip si mommy”. And that was the moment I felt sinking into the ground. I never knew what to feel at first. I was numb because my worries were now actually a reality that I have to live in. I was at shock because I am now one of the kids in those cliche teleseryes who lost a mother at an early age. We went to the health center to settle everything. The clinic was very small and it sure did lack equipment. He told us to stay in the car. I wanted to see my mom, but I know he never wanted us to see her like that. I didn’t know what to feel. I was having high anxiety levels that my stomach is churning and I wanted to vomit. I got off the car and entered the health center to find the restroom. When I was finding my way around, I passed by the emergency room. I saw my mother lying in a foldable bed, lifeless, her hands dangling from the side of the bed, she has violet bruises on her skin, and her body was partially covered with a white towel.
That is when it sunk into me that she’s dead and never coming back. My father asked the others to just commute back to Manila because what we need right now is comfort from our family. The drive back home was one of the most painful memory I had as a kid. My father was in the steering wheel crying his eyes out. We drove from Bataan to Pampanga. We went home to my grandmother’s house, the nearest house that we can call “home” because how are we still going to be “home” without her?
Once we reached Pampanga, we stopped over to the gas station and my father made some calls to our loved ones to tell them that my mother passed away. He then called my aunt to help him arrange for the funeral. We got home and my grandmother hugged us and told us to get some rest. Already tired of crying, I went to sleep for a while. I woke up and for a second, I thought everything that happened the other day was all just a dream. That she was there in Manila, sitting on the couch reading some furniture magazine, waiting for us to go home. But that’s how cruel life is, right? I got up and weirdly, I felt sands in the bed. It was gray, just like the ones on the beach. I thought maybe it was just dirt but it was a fair amount to believe that maybe she visited us before she left. - ?
- The part of how I conquered the grief of her passing is shared in my personal blog. I felt the need to share my story with everyone since she's the woman I look up to. Feel free to visit my personal blog too when you have the time. I love writing my stories. Thank You! link: http://qkathreece.wixsite.com/kathreecequizon/post/breaking-waves